• (R)evolution

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Gary Numan
  • Narrated by: Gary Numan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This audiobook opens and ends with music from Gary Numan's 2021 album Intruder.

A Daily Mail 'best TV and showbiz memoir' for 2020

From humble beginnings in Middlesex, where money was scarce but dreams were encouraged, to the award-winning godfather of electronica, Gary Numan has seen it all. His incredible story can be charted in two distinct parts....

The first: a stratospheric rise to success quickly followed by a painful decline into near obscurity. At school, Gary fell through the cracks of the system and was expelled. An unlikely but determined popstar, he earned his first record deal aged 19 and, two years later, had released four best-selling albums and had twice toured the world. But, aged just 25e, it felt like it was all over. Gary's early success began to hold him back and he battled to reconcile the transient nature of fame with his Asperger's syndrome.

The second: a 20-plus year renaissance catalysed by a date with a super-fan. Gary catalogues his 15-year struggle with crippling debts, his slow, obstacle-laden journey back to the top (and the insecurity that comes with that) and why Savage reaching number twi in 2017 meant more than the heady heights of 1979. Gary also candidly discusses the importance of his fans; why having Asperger's is a gift at times; the inspiration behind the lyrics; flying around the world in 1981; IVF struggles and the joy of fatherhood and his battle with depression and anxiety.

(R)evolution is the rollercoaster rise and fall (and rise) of one man, several dozen synthesisers, multiple issues and two desperately different lives. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, this is Gary Numan in his own words - a brutally honest reflection on the man behind the music.

©2020 Gary Numan (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Absolutely Winning Memoir

I saw Gary Numan for the first time a couple of years ago at a concert in Brooklyn. I went with friends as a bit of a lark--and was completely blown away! I've see him since at Irving Plaza. I now count myself a fan. So I was quite interested to listen to his memoir, which he so ably narrates. (R)evolution is phenomenal. Numan is so honest, so modest, and so completely winning without really trying to be. He's had a fascinating life so far--and not just because of the music, although the music remains his central focus here. But along the way we learn about his early years, his Asperger's, his love for his parents, his devotion to his Gemma and their three girls, his flying adventures, his creative and marketing challenges over the years, and his battle with depression. Thanks to listening to him in this audio, I now feel like I know Gary, and on a pretty deep level. And in some ways--thanks to his frank, entertaining style--maybe I do. Hats off, Gary. I thoroughly enjoyed (R)evolution. Can't wait to see you on tour again. Hope it's soon.

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i feel like i lived my own life through gary

i will never forget the scene and what i was doing when i first heard ‘are friends electric’. I was marching with my Friday afternoon air force cadets troop and the music was flowing off an apartment block above us. it hit me in the face, distorted my mind and changed my taste in music forever. since then i have followed Gary’s music and career closely and feel like i have made mistakes and learned and eventually grown with him. my sense of dissatisfaction with his late 80s efforts turned into intense joy replicated over and over again from ‘sacrifice’ onwards. my only regret is that i have never seen him live having lived most of my adult life in Asia. such was his influence on my family i remember my son ( a budding musician in NY) relating a story when he was 10 at school about 12 years ago when the class was asked by the teacher who was their favorite artist - others said ‘beyonce’ or some other pop idol. My son said ‘gary numan’ - prompting stunned silence. so proud of you, Gary. your attitude, your philosophy, your dedication, persistence, passion and the love you show to family and fiends. you inspire me and help me become a better person. thx so much Gary. from Peter Corne

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A Must Have!

If you are a Fan? Get it! I highly recommend getting the book or listening to the audible. I've been a fan of his since 1983 and this book put a lot of my questions to rest. Thank you Gary. You are a beautiful human being and I love you even more.

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Gary Numan-incredible Life Journey

What an amazing story of the career and personal life of Gary Numan. Was absolutely captivated by every chapter. Laughed, Cried, was so moved with emotions. So well told by the author himself and a roller coaster of a career. Such creativity, such perseverance through 40+’years of the music business and such a love of family. What a humble man snd a force of nature in talent. Love that it was told in his own words and his own voice. Highly recommended.

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Exceptional!!!

Thank you so much, Gary, for this incredible backstory to your life and career! I loved every minute of it! Seeing Persia sing Ruin almost brought me to tears. So proud of her and all of your work. Thank you!!

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so good!!

Loved it so much! felt like he was sitting right across from you reading this book!
felt way more connecting that it was read by Gary! I recommend it to anyone! not just fans of his. its a good listen for sure!

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  • Captain Haddock
  • 05-21-21

It's a story of two halves.

Ok, so Gary is a songwriter and musician, not an author. The book's prose is fairly simply constructed, but if (like me) you've been a Numanoid since 1978 (when I was 6), this is essential listening for you.
It's made all the better, in my opinion, by Gary reading it, and since he was there, it adds credibility.
It's written from the heart, he comes across as genuine and open in the dialogue and it's fascinating to hear the origins of all the pop culture that I have adored about both Tubeway Army and Gary himself since I first heard him on a Peel session (we had no TV in 1978, radio was my world).
If you're looking for a book that helps you to connect with Gary in a real way, this is the one.

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  • Jemplus
  • 09-09-21

Heart breakingly honest account of the Rise, Fall and rebirth of a Music Legend

Honest and down to earth recanting of the life and trials of one of my musical Idols. I was there at the beginning and found his music again about 10 years ago so this year by year account was just perfect in filling in the blanks. What an amazingly honest and open account of zero to hero, to near zero to almost cult status in 40 years. Being read by Gary himself made it all the more interesting and added to the emotion. What a life so far, what a survivor, what a legend!

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  • Mr David & Mrs Maria Pemberton
  • 07-31-21

Told with real passion

Well done Mr Numan amazing biography told with feeling. A must hear story. Well done

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  • S. Morris
  • 05-18-21

The Rise & Fall & Rise of A Music Pioneer

Gary Numan's The Pleasure Principal was the very first LP, or album as we call them today, I bought way back in 1980 when I was just 13. I'd heard nothing like that sort of music before, having only really known disco and the pop music of the time.

Just two years later, as far as I was concerned, and Numan was gone from the music scene, a has-been, a flash in the pan etc. What I didn't know back then was just how prolific Numan Was in terms of making music. The lack of radio play and publicity in general for any of his albums post Telekon really put paid to his career as far as the mainstream was concerned.

This lack of publicity as well as a bad decision as far as touring went back in 1981 are all covered in brutal detail in Numan's new book. In fact, there were times when perhaps his honesty was too much!

I was riveted to this book from start to end, reading large chunks of it in single sittings. The cherry on the cake is that Numan himself reads this and is able to put across his feelings doing so. In particular, the raw emotion in his voice when describing his mothers death was heartbreaking to hear. There are so many stories to be told in this book and most of which most people will never have heard. Even if you're not a Numan fan, you will find the life of a struggling musician fascinating with all the ups and downs as well as stories of some of the characters in the music industry.

Numan doesn't hold anything back in this fascinating, funny, sad and happy story of the past 40 years of his life and I can thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Andy Byrne
  • 04-25-22

More human than Android…

I didn’t know much about Gary Numan before listening to this but as I enjoy music autobiographies and grew up in the 70s/80s, it was of interest. Kept me entertained in the car for a few weeks! Gary comes across as a genuine guy and family man, who has often doubted his own abilities. I thought it was a good listen.

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  • Shelley
  • 02-04-22

5 STARS Made me love Gary even more!

I am a big fan of Gary Numan and wanted to find out what my favourite android is all about. this book is read perfectly by Gary himself and feels more like he's talking to you than just reading to you. this is a very engaging book and I highly recommend getting it!

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  • Mr. Nd Williams
  • 06-22-21

Boring boring boring

I thought this was boring and mediocre , maybe the diehard human fans will like this but unless you want something to put you to sleep don’t bother with this , probably could have told this story in a quarter of the words

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  • ANDY GALLAGHER
  • 07-27-22

Excellent

A remarkable story of a remarkable life. I'm a casual fan of Gary but it has made me dig deeper into his work and there really are some real treasures.

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  • Stephen Sutton
  • 07-02-22

Fantastic

Always liked Gary and his story is amazing. Gary is a legend and overcome some big issues in his life and career. Narrated effectively by Newman himself with great feeling and passion, an excellent audiobook by an excellent artist.

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  • Monksie
  • 06-23-22

Still Gary after all these years...

To be fair, I was a fairly hardcore Numanoid until his Dance album lost me in 1981 and I've collected all of his Beggars Banquet material on CD over the last 2 decades.

He was always an interesting character and if anything this book expands upon that quite widely. I remember lots of the negative press that dogged his early career and always suspected there was a strong campaign by the UK media to stunt his success, but was shocked to hear of the efforts of the BBC - who, ironically, launched him in to the public consciousness via the John Peel show in the first place - to deny him the exposure other artists were able to take for granted.

His failed audition for a certain band who were eventually politically and artistically at the other end of the scale was a surprise (I've got all of their stuff too, for balance). No names, no pack drill: get the book and find out for yourselves!

His family's repeated health issues - especially those of his wife Gemma - are covered in depth, as are the couple's struggles to start a family. In the end they were successful but the way Gary tells it really involves the listener.

Finally I'm glad he agreed with something I've always said since October 1979: he really should have released Metal as a single instead of Complex!

Thanks for providing all the memories, stories, triumphs and disasters, Gary - and congratulations on your rise to the top once more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-22

Fantastic read

Enjoyed listening to Gary tell his story in his own words. I loved this book, his honesty. I had no idea how tough it had been for him, how cut throat the music industry is. He's an amazing talented man. Good for him and his crazy beautiful Gemma.

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  • Cat Bray
  • 03-23-22

Brilliant

long time fan here....
Great insight to a brilliant storyteller/musician. i learnt so much about songs I've so loved over the years.
i have always loved Gary's voice so listening to him is an absolute pleasure.
I'm so glad i listened to this. I'm sorry it's finished, now!
Even more of a fan now!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-21

Only his voice would do.

If this autobiography had been read by anyone other than Gary, it would not have been nearly as good. Listening to that voice that I know so well recounting his life, was, for me, a really compelling listen. The little giggles here and there and the obvious emotion in Gary voice at times, added depth to the story. I loved listening to this and recommend it to existing fans, or anyone who remembers the 80’s and the beginnings of electronic music with as much affection and nostalgia as I do.